Gifting houseplants can be a thoughtful and excellent idea for any plant lover. Whether it’s to congratulate someone on their new job, say happy birthday, or as a housewarming gift, everyone loves plants.
However, not all houseplants make great gifts, so choosing the right plant to buy as a gift is essential. Everyone has different lifestyles and tastes. Specifically, for men, you may want to avoid buying anything too flowery, such as daffodils or lilies. In case you’re not sure which plants are more “manly,” here are our top 10 plant gifts for guys:
Also known as one of the “four gentlemen” in Chinese culture, bamboo is respected for its strength, integrity, and nobility. Having lucky bamboo brings a level of serenity into any room. The lucky bamboo can also take on a visually entertaining appeal: If you periodically turn its stalk, it will grow in twists and loops. An easy-to-grow houseplant, lucky bamboo can be grown in water and well-drained potting soil with no problem. When planted in soil, make sure it’s moist but not soaking to prevent root rot.
As low-maintenance plants, succulents fair well in dry conditions and indoors. They love direct sunlight but can adapt to low lighting. One of the most popular among guys is the Aloe Vera—a spiny yet plushy cactus that comes in handy for several medicinal uses, such as sunburns, cuts, and shaving nicks. Check out the hundreds of varieties of succulents we carry at City Floral Garden Center.
One of the best household plants for better air quality is any of the philodendrons. In the wild, philodendrons can grow into gigantic beasts that overwhelm trees and other plants. In your home, philodendrons go where you want them to go and won’t create Jumanji in your living room. Their vines can be used as decoration and placed wherever they’ll reach, adding a natural feel to the space they occupy. Philodendron plants do well with medium to bright indirect light but will tolerate low light also. Plant them in well-draining soil and keep it moist but not soaking. Check out all the varieties of philodendrons we carry at City Floral here.
Maybe the easiest plant to take care of is the air plant. This plant doesn’t even require soil; it’s that easy. Place them anywhere you like because their roots will attach themselves to any surface. All they need to survive is a periodic misting and regular fresh air. Aside from being easy to maintain, air plants are perfect gifts for guys as they add a small pop of nature to their man cave without overwhelming it.
Half pet, half plant, the Venus flytrap (feed me Seymour) is a carnivorous plant that requires protein to survive. As luck would have it, Colorado is home to several bugs that are just perfect for the Venus flytrap’s appetite. Watching these plants snatch up whatever insect decides to tempt its fate is just fascinating. When the insect touches one of the Venus flytrap’s tiny hairs, the trap snaps shut in less than 20 seconds!
Also known as “Bowstring Hemp or Mother In-Law’s Tongue,” the snake plant’s strong fibers were once used in western Africa to fashion bowstrings. Its leaves are rigid and sword-like, creating points at the tip of the plant. The snake plant thrives neglect, so it only likes to be watered just once in a while. This houseplant is genuinely the perfect gifting houseplant because it’s very low-maintenance. Check out all the varieties of sansevierias we carry here.
Hawaiian Umbrella Tree
An ideal plant for the guy who likes meditative projects, the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is a beginner bonsai tree. The tree requires specific maintenance but is relatively easy to care for in watering and soil conditions. It must be trimmed and pinched to keep it miniature. Otherwise, they can grow large and very bushy. Check this and many other varieties of bonsai trees that are perfect gifts for guys at City Floral Garden Center.
Braided Money Tree
The braided money tree is a fascinating houseplant to have in any home. It’s roots grow more vertically than outward. Sometimes you’ll see a majority of roots exposed above the soil. According to the principles of feng shui, the Money Tree is grown to bring good luck and fortune. Who doesn’t need a little extra good luck and fortune in their lives? The perfect gift for just about everyone on your list.
A rosemary tree isn’t necessarily a houseplant, but it’s perfect for the guy who enjoys cooking. Rosemary grows in the shape of a tiny pine tree. That’s because rosemary is an evergreen. Rosemary works well as a kitchen plant and emits a pleasant, light aroma. Not to mention it’s a great herb to use in several cooking applications like a brine, a cocktail garnish, or as a seasoning for any poultry or beef dish.
The Bromeliad is a beautiful and colorful plant that’s not flowery and makes the perfect gifts for guys. The leaves can be any of several colors, including yellows, reds, and oranges, adding a tropical exoticism to any room that’s not overly showy. The Bromeliad is a relatively tolerant plant that can survive a certain amount of neglect like fluctuations in temperature, drought, and lack of light.
Plants serve as a fantastic gift for both men and women, but these plants will likely fit a guy’s lifestyle and décor the best. With their masculine characteristics and traditions, these plants will fill empty spaces, add splashes of color, and provide warmth to whatever space they occupy. If you’d like more plant-gift ideas, ask any team member at City Floral Garden Center, and you’ll be sure to leave with the ideal plant for any person or occasion.